A drop of Iodine
or Mercurochrome on a
splinter will make it
show up better.
A good cold remedy, use 3oz of both Vinegar and Honey to keep colds at bay.
A small amount of Lemon juice dripped onto minor wounds can help stop bleeding and disinfect the injury (it will sting a bit). It is said to relieve discomfort.
Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of Horseradish in a cup of Olive Oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.
Add a jigger of Vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
Apply a freshly-cut slice of raw onion to the sting to help draw out the poison. Hold the onion in place with tape.
Apply a paste of 3 parts Bi-Carb Soda and 1 part water. Let dry, then wash off. This also works on poison oak, poison sumac, or other skin irritations.
Arthritis: WD-40. Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too. Also spray it on wasps nests -- they'll be unable to move.
Athlete's feet - Use cornstarch.
Balm for broken blisters ...To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine ... a powerful antiseptic. Homemade lip balm Mix 1 Tbs petroleum jelly with a little cocoa powder and microwave it for a few seconds. Pour it into an old lip gloss container for homemade lip balm that smells fantastic.
headaches etc: Basil is
used in Italian recipes
such as spaghetti sauce.
It can be added to egg
and cheese dishes and to
fresh salads. It is
easily grown in the
garden. Basil tea is
delicious when combined
with a little fresh or
dried mint or catnip
leaf and honey, and is
said to help rheumatism.
It also soothes stomach
upset and constipation.
It has even been used
to relieve whooping
cough. For headaches,
dip a cloth into a
strong batch of basil
tea and apply it to the
forehead as a compress.
(This works even better
if you add 2 tablespoons
of Witch Hazel extract.
Witch Hazel is a small
tree that blooms
in the fall with crinkly yellow flowers.) Use one teaspoon of basil for each cup of water. Bring the water to a boil, remove from the stove, and add the basil. Allow the basil to steep for 10 minutes in a non-aluminum pot with a tight lid.
Bananas: Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre, a Banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the Banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a Banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet. Your blood pressure could be lower just by indulging More in this sweet tropical treat: Bananas.
Cheap and plentiful year-round, bananas are bursting with Potassium. And a review of several major studies suggests that
People who add the potassium equivalent of an extra 1 ½ To 2 bananas to their day could drop their blood pressure 2 to 3 points..
Bee stings - use meat tenderiser.
Bee Stings: Relieve by applying a poultice of Bi-Carbonate Soda and water.
Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.
Before you head to the Pharmacy for a high priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of strong Peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the Banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Boils & Pimples: To diffuse a boil or pimple, add two tablespoons of lemon to a cup of freshly-boiled water. Soak, clean, and disinfect the area with a cotton ball.
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power.
Budweiser beer rinse conditions the hair.
Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
Burns: to soothe burns, dab pure Vanilla extract onto a cooking burn to keep it from blistering.
Burn Hints: Relief from burns, place your burnt area if possible into a bag with plain flour, ( keep in fringe as it works better when really cold) for 10 minutes. Hopefully after 10 minutes remove from bag and hopefully no blisters either and no pain. *Cold flour feels even better than room temperature flour. Even burnt my tongue once, put the flour on it for about 10 minutes and the pain was gone - and no burn. BTW, don't run your burn area under cold water first, just put it directly into the flour for 10 minutes.
Car Sickness: Sucking on a wedge of Lemon will make you feel better. But be sure to rinse your mouth afterwards as lemon corrodes teeth enamel.
Chaffed Skin: Gently pat a raw slice of potato over irritated nose, forehead, cheeks and chin. Rinse with cool water to close pores. Change Shampoos To Prevent Dandruff: Avoid using the cheap shampoos, instead go for the mid-priced ones; they are less harsh and will not create scalp problems. Years ago, I had a problem with dandruff. My hair stylist recommended a more expensive shampoo, saying that cheaper ones tend to create what looks like dandruff.
Clean dentures by soaking them overnight in Vinegar, then brush away tartar with a toothbrush.
Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer. If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409 .Insects drop to the ground instantly.
Cloves for Toothache:
Place clove inside the
jaw area near tooth that
see your dentist if pain
Cold sores: I personally don't get cold sores, so I treat a cold sore by dabbing it with a cotton ball soaked in Vinegar 3 times a day. The Vinegar will soothe the cold sore.
Constipation: High in fibre, including Bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Contact Lenses: If they are lost, darken the room as much as possible. Shine a flashlight over the floor. The lens will glow.
Corns: To relieve Corns, just before going to bed slice off one end of a Lemon so that the "hole" that remains is the size of a penny. Insert the toe with the corn into the Lemon. Put a sock on your foot to keep the Lemon in place and repeat nightly until the corn disappears.
Cough: For relief of a common cough, mix honey and lemon together. Roast a Lemon until it breaks open, mix a teaspoon of warm lemon juice with half a teaspoon of honey, and take every half hour until cough goes away.
Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly -- even though the product was never advertised for this use. ( Note : Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine is not the same and contains aspirin, which can cause stomach bleeding if o u have ulcers.)
Cure for headaches, take a Lime, cut in half and rub it on forehead. Throbbing should go away.
Cure upset stomach by drinking 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in 1 cup of water.
Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly --even though the product was never been advertised for this use.
Cuticles: Mix 2 teaspoons of Lemon juice, 1/2 cup warm water and then soak finger tips in this mixture for 5 - 10 minutes. Rinse and dry and then push cuticles back with ease.
Daisies are anti
inflammatory: Use two
handfuls of daisy
flowers. Cover with
olive oil. Let it sit in
a jar covered for two
weeks in sun. After
that, strain out daisy
flowers and save oil.
You can use as a salve
for bumps and bruises.
Dabs some Iodine on Mosquito bites.
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a Banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the x body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a Banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.
Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?
Did You Know That drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."
Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."
Dying your hair at home: Apply some Petroleum jelly around your hairline and on the tops of your Ears before adding the dye to your hair. It forms a barrier That doesn't let the dye adhere to your skin.
Easily Rid Feet Of Unsightly Calluses: Get your feet summertime ready with this natural scrub: In a bowl, combine ¼ cup of finely ground walnuts with 1 cup of Yogurt. Then use a damp cloth to rub mixture into Hardened areas, rinse with warm water. The mildly abrasive Quality of the Walnuts will help slough away dead cells while Yogurt's' milk fats replace lost moisture. The result: Soft soles
Easy eyeglass protection ... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.
breath and whiten your
teeth at the same time,
brush once a week with
Eliminate ear mites ... All it takes is a few drops of corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, and then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.
Eliminate puffiness under your eyes: All you need is a dab of Preparation H, carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes. The haemorrhoids ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling instantly.
Fatigue: Start running warm water into the tub, then add 1½ cups ordinary table Salt to the bath. Have the water warm, but not hot.
Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.
Fix broken finger nail. Cut a piece of gauze paper from Lipton Flo-Thru Tea Bag to fir nail, coat with cleat nail polish and press gently against break then coat with coloured nail polish when dry.
FOOT CARE: To
soften my feet I use
white distilled Vinegar.
Fill a bucket with just
enough hot water
to cover my feet and one
cup of vinegar
micro-waved for one
minute. I soak them
until the mixture has
cooled. Then I use a
pumice stone to
exfoliate the rough
spots and pat feet dry.
Then I slather with
lotion and cover with
some type of petroleum
jelly (even Neosporin).
I then put on socks. I
either do this at
bedtime or before I go
to work, so that they
are being moisturized
all day. It feels weird
at first, but they stay
soft. Vinegar is good
for killing fungus and
other yucky foot things
too. I also use Vinegar
to clean my face to
eliminate acne (do not
get near eyes).
Flies or bees bothering you: Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive.
Fly Bites: Rub regular underarm deodorant across the bite and the bite will stop itching right away.
Foot Refresher: After a long hot day your feet and legs can feel pretty achy and hot. Try this for a fast relief: dip your feet in iced Green Tea, mist on a Green Tea spray or smooth on a cream infused with the tea! Green Tea is considered a 'cooling' Tea that absorbs body heat, leaving you feeling refreshed.
For a super scented rubdown, spray two clean, dry bath towels with your favourite cologne. Toss the towels in the dryer for 3 minutes on a high setting so that they are heated through. Rub them vigorously over your body for sensational skin. Damp skin will more readily absorb the fragrance.
For locks of hair that look great, remember to shake it. Sprinkle a small amount of Bi Carb Soda onto the palm of your hand when you shampoo. Just wash as usual and rinse thoroughly. The Bi Carb Soda removes the residue that some products leave behind.
HOMEMADE DANDRUFF TREATMENT:
HOMEMADE LIP BALM: I warmed up a gob of Vaseline and added some cocoa powder. I didn't measure it, I just stirred it in until it looked good. It's quite soft so use the fingertip to apply it to the lips. It leaves just a light tint on your lips. It doesn't taste like chocolate, but the smell is divine!
Honey remedy for skin blemishes ... Cover the blemish with a dab of Honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.
Hornet Stings: Wring out a towel in hot water and sprinkle a generous portion of meat tenderiser on the towel. Apply directly to the sting, re-treating the towel every five minutes for about half an hour. The hot towel causes the pores of your skin to open, and the tenderiser neutralizes the venom. If you do this quickly enough after the hornet's bite, there is no pain or swelling.
If a blister opens, pour Vodka over the raw skin as a local anaesthetic that also disinfects the exposed dermis.
If you do get bitten or stung, a paste of mashed Garlic can help take the sting and itch away. Some people apply garlic, onion, or radish juice for the same purpose.
If contact lenses are lost, darken the room as much as possible. Shine a flashlight over the floor. The lens will glow.
Insect Bites: To relieve the itch, cut an aloe leaf and rub its juice on your skin. Treat with a poultice of either cornstarch or baking soda, mixed with Vinegar, fresh lemon Listerine therapy for toenail fungus... Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.
Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good bye fleas.
Ladies and some men, will love this hint: Painlessly remove ingrown hairs: Yes, you heard me correctly. Try putting a dab of body scrub on a clean old toothbrush And gently exfoliate the area daily. The scrub encourages Your skin to release the trapped hair so it can be easily tweezed out.
Listerine therapy for toenail fungus ... Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again. Wow, fresh breath and toenails, too.
Make your own mouthwash by mixing nine tablespoons powered cinnamon with one cup Vodka. Seal in an airtight container for two weeks. Strain through a coffee filter. Mix with warm water and rinse your mouth. Don't swallow.
Mayonnaise will kill Lice; it will also condition your hair.
Migraine Headaches: Nibble on four or five feverfew leaves to relieve headache.
Minor burn - Toothpaste juice or witch hazel.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on Bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness. Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a Banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Mosquito Bites: Instead of spending a fortune on After-Bite, Dab toothpaste over your mosquito bites. Make sure the bite is covered completely and leave it covered for half an hour before washing the toothpaste off in water. Repeat daily until the bite is gone.
MOSQUITO REMEDY Pass this on to anyone who likes sitting out in the evening or when they're having a cookout. So you don't like those pesky mosquitoes, especially now that they have the potential to carry the West-Nile Virus? Here's a tip that was given at a recent gardening forum: Put some water in a WHITE dinner plate and add a couple of drops of "Lemon Fresh Joy Dish Detergent". Set the dish on your porch, patio, or other outdoor area. I'm not sure what attracts them, the lemon smell, the white plate colour, or what, but mosquitoes flock to it, and drop dead shortly after drinking the Lemon Fresh Joy/water mixture, and usually within 10 feet of the plate.
Mosquito Bites: Rub regular underarm deodorant across the bite and the bite will stop itching right away.
Natural Mosquito Repellent: For insect repellent, essential oils such as clover, citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, cedar and lemon grass repel bugs naturally. In a spray bottle, combine 1 1/2 tsp. essential oils per cup of Vodka. Apply almond oil to skin before spraying.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Next time you need a quick ice pack, grab a bag of frozen vegetables out of your freezer - no watery leaks from a plastic baggie!
Nibble on four or five feverfew leaves to relieve headache.
Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.
ARTHRITIS: Bags of cherry stones may offer comfort and some benefit, according to Jo Cumming, who heads the helpline at Arthritis Care. Clean and dry the stones and put them into little fabric bags. They can be microwaved or wrapped in foil or put in a pot with a lid and heated in the oven before being placed on the affected area.
ASTHMA: A traditional French remedy is to drink two cups of strong black coffee. French grandmothers also recommended garlic oil, which is reputed to boost the body’s defences. Place two cloves of garlic in 50cl of olive oil. Apply to the soles of the feet and the base of the spine and massage gently.
BACK PAIN: Hot and cold compresses can ease pain. A traditional method involved applying two towels, one wrung out with very hot water, the other with cold, alternately.
CHILLS: A few drops of tincture of lavender on a sugar lump is a lovely tummy warmer.
COLD AND CHAPPED HANDS: To avoid chapped hands grind common starch with a knife until it is reduced to a fine powder. After washing hands, rinse thoroughly and while still damp rub a pinch of starch over them.
COLD SORES: As soon as the first symptoms are detected put honey on the affected area. Keep the sore dry and apply the honey as often as possible.
COLDS: Ward off a cold by eating two nasturtium leaves and one flower. Nasturtium has antimicrobial and decongestant properties. Or try dicing an onion and sprinkle with sugar and leave overnight. In the morning, collect the syrup that has formed and take one tablespoon twice a day.
CORNS: Take a slice of onion and leave it to soak in vinegar for a few hours. At bedtime place the onion over the corn and hold in place with a plaster. Next morning, soak your foot in hot water. Repeat until the “eye” of the corn comes away.
COUGHS AND CHESTY COLDS: Slice a turnip or swede, place it in a dish and cover with brown sugar. Leave overnight. The juice that drains off is soothing and palatable. Drink the syrup the next morning to help expel phlegm. Boil 25g (1oz) of peeled and bruised liquorice in one pint of water for a few minutes. The sweetness in liquorice comes from the compound glycyrrhizin and has been shown to have antiviral properties.
EARACHE: Fry garlic gently in a little oil. When it has cooled but is still warm, dip a ball of cotton wool into it. Place the cotton wool gently into the ear and leave overnight.
Ensure the sting is fully removed. Cut an onion in half and apply the freshly-cut side directly over the puncture mark to reduce swelling and pain.
FEVER: Take a bunch of parsley and chop it, leaves and stem together. Use one dessert spoon of chopped parsley to one large cup of water. Bring to the boil. Simmer for two to three minutes, strain and drink.
HEADACHE: Lavender oil applied to the temples or in a cold compress applied to the forehead or the back of the neck was a remedy used in Victorian times or even earlier.
INDIGESTION AND HEARTBURN: Potato juice is a time-honoured way to relieve stomach cramps. In many parts of Europe it is still possible to buy raw potato juice, which is a traditional remedy for heartburn. Other suggestions include drinking a glass of milk. People with stomach ulcers are often advised to drink a glass of milk before a meal “to line the stomach”.
INSOMNIA: Lettuce sandwiches and a glass of hot milk or lettuce soup during the evening can help. Lettuce contains a natural opiate called lactucarium and has a soporific effect.
Make a paste of oatmeal softened with honey. Rub into the affected areas and leave for 20 minutes or so. Wash off with lots of cool water.
MINOR BURNS: Grate a potato and place it on the burn to relieve the pain. When the potato turns brown or the pain returns, repeat. A French remedy is to cut an onion and apply it directly. This will sting, so takes courage. The remedy can be improved if you add a pinch of salt but this takes even more courage.
MOUTH ULCERS: Chewing a stick of liquorice can help and also freshen the mouth. Another remedy is making a mouthwash with myrrh oil, which has antiseptic qualities. BEE STINGS
NAPPY RASH: After washing and drying the baby’s bottom, apply the white of a raw egg to the rash. Allow to dry before putting on a clean nappy. Repeat each changing time.
Or try kneading soft white bread into a ball. Punch a clove of garlic into the centre of the ball, then chew the ball of the bread as slowly and for as long as possible.
SMALL CUTS: Wind a cobweb around any cuts. Recent research shows spiders coat their silk in antiseptic agents.
SMELLY FEET: The French believe in tea to aid sore or smelly feet. Rich in tannins, it contains drying agents and astringents and will slow the perspiration which is the main cause of bad odour. Put two or three teabags into four litres (about seven pints) of water. Boil for 10 minutes. Allow to cool. Soak the feet for half an hour before drying.
SORE EYES: To remove grit or a stray eyelash from the eye, chop a very large fresh onion. As your eyes water, the foreign body should float away.
SORE NOSE: When your nose becomes cracked and
sore wipe the inside of it with honey. It has antiseptic and
SORE THROAT: Heat up half a pint of milk. Add some cloves of garlic, a teaspoon of butter and some honey to your taste. Drink a whole mug before going to bed.
SPLINTERS: To draw out a splinter, cut a small piece of soap, add some sugar and apply to the affected area. Within hours the skin should have softened up enough for the splinter to come out easily. A paste of flour and castor oil should yield the same results.
SPOTS: Many traditional remedies feature honey, which destroys bacteria, or oatmeal which is abrasive.
SPRAINS: Make a paste of egg white, turmeric and salt. The paste sticks like glue to the sprained joint, holding the muscles and ligaments in place. After several days there will be real improvement.
STIFF NECK: A salt bag, warmed in the oven, is then held against the neck. It is comforting and said to reduce the swelling and discomfort. A variation on this remedy is to take a large potato, boil it until it is soft and place it in a long woollen sock. Then mash it until it becomes a soothing poultice for the patient’s neck.
STYES: Rub the affected area gently with a gold ring. It is thought the ring creates a little warmth as it “massages” the eye area, bringing the little boil to a head.
TIRED FEET: Rub them with a little vodka as this will numb them.
VERRUCAS AND WARTS: Take the end off a fresh radish and cut a thin slice. Rub the slice over the verruca for a few seconds and then throw it away. Repeat regularly. Traditional remedies for removing warts include rubbing it with the white sap from a dandelion, oil of lemon or even the underskin of a banana.
Peroxide was invented during WWI. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals. Please think about this. I know my dad always used this.
1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash...
2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.
3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe down your countertops, or spray it on the counters directly.
4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.
5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of Peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.
6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.
7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.
8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.
9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
10... Put half a bottle of peroxide into your bathwater to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.
11. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on
clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
12. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.